Last evening, the wife got a sneak peek at my presentation; she actually sat through it, twice. And, didn't squirm. Practicing with a real live person — as opposed to an image of myself in a mirror — was well worth staying up late. Note to self: Pause. Breathe. Begin slowly.
Though, I've practiced this presentation a zillion times over the last couple weeks, I was still nervous. So nervous that I made several mistakes. When I finished, I was soaking wet from sweating. Note to self: Take along an extra shirt to change into for the afternoon workshop.
Earlier that day, I made a pit-stop at Kinkos to get copies of my handouts. I didn't have time to make up my own list of bullet points to hand out, so I got permission from a couple people, who spoke at national SCBWI, to pass out their handouts (with necessary credit). Jarrett J. Krosoczka made up a flyer offering tips on creating an effective postcard, and licensing agent, Suzanne Cruise, has a list of tips on art licensing. I was amazed at the service I received at Kinkos. Their normally poor service was exceptional, this time, and the machines made 150 copies, printed on two sides — and stapled! And all inside 5 minutes! Go figure.
In other news: Received a cool invitation to speak at a University in Detroit next summer — some type of children's literature program. That would be very exciting! More info to come.